It is no secret that the Daily Turismo staff are fans of both wagons and E30 BMWs, but the combination is indeed a rare sight on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. The BMW E30 Touring was never sold new in the US Market, but BMW sold a number over in the continent as late […]
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When Admiral Motti gets lippy with Darth Vader in Episode IV of Star Wars, the Sith lord starts choking the insubordinate Death Star XO and utters the quotable line “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” I’m no Jedi knight, but whenever I see a European import without license plates in California I put on […]
If you think we feature too many BMWs on the pages of Daily Turismo, rest assure it isn’t because we are closet BWM fanboys…no, it is because we are fully open about our BMW fanboyishness. It is simple, while other major luxury OEMs decided that the American market in the early 2000s only wanted slushbox equipped luxury sedans (Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Acura, Cadillac, etc), the guys over at BMW decided that perhaps some people wanted manual gearboxes, and wagons. Of course they will still only be offered in lame shades of white/black/grey, but at least getting a wagon with a stick is an option in BMW. Ultimately, BMW didn’t sell many of these (1 of 429 according to the seller) so you can’t buy a NEW BMW with a manual in a wagon body today (meh, don’t blame me, I don’t buy any new cars…oh…wait…maybe you can blame me…) but you can find used ones for sale, occasionally. Find this 2007 BMW 328iT Wagon offered for $13,500 in Napa County, CA via craigslist.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve been a closet E30 fanboy for years. It isn’t something I’m proud of, but the only reason I haven’t owned one is because I have such automotive ADD that I’m always moving on to the next car and watching E30 prices drop…it’s always “well, they’ll be cheaper next year”…but that isn’t the case anymore. I think even basic E30s have hit rock bottom and they are now becoming collectable, so something like a grey-market European 316i wagon for less than $10k gets me right in the gut. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my wallet) the 316i engine likely won’t be allowed into the electrified State of California (it would probably cause wildfires or murder baby seals) and I’ll have to let one of you buy this. Find this 1994 BMW 316i Wagon offered for $9,750 in Naples, FL via craigslist. Tip from 4rim.
We love simple rear drive econo-boxes and they don’t get much simpler than the 3rd generation E30 Toyota Corolla. The wagon version is equipped with a small pushrod 4 cylinder engine mated to a solid beam rear axle; simple and effective for a family transporter. Find this 1975 Toyota Corolla wagon in North Hollywood, CA […]
There comes a time in every car enthusiast’s life where something different is really all that’s needed (or desired). Forget that belly-button ’32 Ford highboy with SBC power, sell the ’57 Chevy, dump the Miata trackday car; it’s time for a unicorn. In the US Toyota sold a diesel version of its Hilux briefly in […]
The Mercedes-Benz OM606 inline-6 was the ultimate version of the indirect-injection diesel passenger car engines that pushed oil burning Mercedes-Benz diesel sedans, coupes, and wagons around the world for decades. It isn’t as complicated as later Benz common-rail diesel engines, but the 3.0 liter 175 horsepower turbodiesel came into the world before the ill-fated Daimler-Chrysler alliance and it featured a reliable Bosch electronically controlled diesel injection pump that should last for a million miles. Today we find it installed into a Chevrolet Silverado…which is a strange place to find an OM606. Personally I’d be tempted to run a semi truck style exhaust with a rain flap on top…but I’m probably not the person you should follow when it comes to automotive things. Find this 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offered for $13,000 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The E30 generation BMW 3-series was available with a number of different body styles, including a 2-door sedan, a 4-door sedan, a 4-door station wagon, a 2-door convertible, and a 2-door pickup El Camino version…whoa….wait, what? I only wish that this was a BMW built thing, because the world needs more Utes. Find this 1986 BMW […]
I was engaged with DT’s Technical Editor CFlo in a spirited battle of “who drives a crappier wagon” (spoiler alert, it is CFlo) when I said with a twinkle in my eye, “you know what DT really needs?” “A 225 degree fahrenheit ethylene glycol enema?” “No…well…maybe…but what I was thinking is that it needs more […]
About eight years ago, I was driving down the Merritt Parkway in my BMW E30 with my then girlfriend. We got passed by late model VW wagon full of kids. I noticed a Big Lebowski Abide sticker on his back bumper and to the dismay of my girl sped up to give him a crazy […]